Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has been named CAF African Player of the Year for the second successive year.
The Liverpool forward held off competition from teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to land the award.
— CAF (@CAF_Online) January 8, 2019
The Egyptian received the accolade at a ceremony in Dakar, Senegal, on Tuesday evening, where he was also included in the Africa Best XI for 2018 alongside Mane and Naby Keita.
When accepting his award, Salah thanked his family, his fans and supporters before dedicating the award to his country:
“I’m very proud to win it twice.”
“I would love to dedicate this award to my country Egypt.”
Africa’s Best XI was also named on the night, which included seven Premier League players including Salah, Mane, Aubameyang as well as Man City’s Riyad Mahrez, United’s Eric Bailly, Liverpool’s Naby Keita and Spurs’ defender Serge Aurier.
African Youth Player Of The Year went to Real Madrid’s Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi, who is currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund.